BROOKLYN, New York (Aug. 30, 2012) – A star-studded cast was in attendance on Thursday at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge to announce – for the first time in more than 80 years – the return of World Championship Boxing to Brooklyn, New York.
Barclays Center will host a World Championship Tripleheader on Saturday, Oct. 20, featuring some of boxing’s most talented stars and an undercard complete with New York’s top boxers. The blockbuster event, which is the boxing debut at the state-of-the-art Barclays Center, will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast).
The last world championship boxing event in Brooklyn was Aug. 5, 1931, when defending Light Heavyweight World Champion Maxie Rosenbloom outpointed Jimmy Slattery over 15 rounds at Ebbets Field.
In the main event, unbeaten Danny “Swift” Garcia defends his WBA Super, WBC & Ring Magazine Super Lightweight World Championships as he rematches with legendary Mexican warrior and future Hall of Famer Erik “El Terrible” Morales. In the evening’s co-featured bouts, Brooklyn’s own Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi puts his WBA Welterweight World Championship on the line against hard-hitting Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano and undefeated, No. 1 rated WBO middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, of Manhattan, takes on unbeaten Hassan N’Dam in a 12-round battle for N’Dam’s WBO Middleweight World Championship.
The undercard is stacked with the return of a bevy of New York’s best including Brooklyn’s hot middleweight prospect Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, former World Champion Luis Collazo, the Bronx’s rising star Eddie Gomez, former world title contender Dmitriy Salita and Brooklyn prospect Boyd Melson.
The fights will mark the first event of the previously announced deal between Barclays Center and Golden Boy Promotions under which at least 12 boxing events per year will be hosted at the new sports and entertainment venue.
The inaugural night of fights at Barclays Center is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Box Latino and supported by Golden Boy Promotions sponsors Corona, DeWalt Tools and AT&T with N’Dam vs. Quillin being presented in association with Asventure Promotion. The SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast begins live at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Preliminary fights will air live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).